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Vikings drop two to make room for new arrivals, sign nine to practice squad

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The Vikings confirmed the previously reported waiver claims of tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray and tackle Mike Harris on Sunday while also announcing the corresponding roster moves and the first nine additions to the team’s practice squad.

The Vikings parted ways with linebacker Larry Dean and tackle Austin Wentworth to make room for Gray and Harris. Dean played all 48 regular season games for the Vikings over the last three years as a reserve defender and special teamer. Wentworth was an undrafted free agent who made the initial 53-man roster as the only backup tackle, but the more experienced Harris will now take over those duties.

Running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou were added to the practice squad.

The Vikings have one more slot to fill on that auxiliary unit and Wentworth could be a candidate to return to the organization in that capacity.

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36 Responses to “Vikings drop two to make room for new arrivals, sign nine to practice squad”
  1. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    Banyard is a good pickup for the practice squad as is Ford.

    Kain Colter is interesting as he played quarterback at Northwestern and has been trying to transition to wide receiver or punt returner.

    Colter’s claim to fame is that he tried to start a union among football players. Not sure that will help him make the team, but it earned him a place in history.

  2. whatjusthapped says: Aug 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    What is the closest you can be before out of the NFL?

    The last place Viking’s practice squad.

  3. minnesotablizzard says: Aug 31, 2014 4:40 PM

    I think the safety cuts were interesting

  4. sonofad says: Aug 31, 2014 4:45 PM

    Another fitting set of last place moves. Now the losing can begin.

  5. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 31, 2014 4:54 PM

    Vikings Drop Two………

    **********************************

    They’ll be able to reuse the beginning of that headline in a couple weeks.

    Here comes last place – for the 4th time in years.

  6. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 31, 2014 4:54 PM

    Vikings Drop Two………

    **********************************

    They’ll be able to reuse the beginning that headline in a couple weeks.

    Here comes last place – for the 4th time in years.

  7. thespeaker6 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:07 PM

    @tokyofilthblaster:

    You can say that twice!

  8. darkneptune73 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:19 PM

    The Vikings’ road to prove the haters wrong begins.

  9. raiderufan says: Aug 31, 2014 5:20 PM

    Colter is interesting as a prsctice squader. He could be used to mimic ALOT of different roles.

  10. clamdiggers says: Aug 31, 2014 5:26 PM

    I thought the Vikings were considered a practice squad

  11. 6kingswest says: Aug 31, 2014 5:28 PM

    That explains why the Vikings intital 53 man roster had only 2 tight ends! I believe ‘Uncle” Norv coached Marqueis Gray in Cleveland and liked him a lot. The Vikes must have known he was going to be cut…I LOVE THIS PICKUP!

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 31, 2014 5:40 PM

    @Tokyo-

    You may very well be mistaken here. The vikings are SO adept at losing that they just might find a way to chalk up a couple of losses in week 1 alone.

    Not to worry, though, Viking fans… your next round of TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION will begin the minute your season ends… on December 28th, at the hands of the Bears.

    Lunchables and X-Box for all!

  13. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 31, 2014 5:58 PM

    Gray is a weapon. Get that guy the ball, and watch him go.
    Good wildcat option, as well.

    Norv is going to open it up, a bit.

  14. packerenglishmajor says: Aug 31, 2014 6:02 PM

    7 trolls if you count the multiple accounts of one multi-named packer troll

  15. igocommando says: Aug 31, 2014 6:17 PM

    whatjusthapped says:Aug 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    What is the closest you can be before out of the NFL?
    ………
    The correct answer is a backup qb at gb. They’re already bringing in new guys.

  16. thegreenandcold says: Aug 31, 2014 6:32 PM

    Igocommando shouldn’t throw stones about backup QBs. At least our backups didn’t cost a first round pick and are able to beat Matt Cassell. How many comments of yours were about savoir Bridgewater coming in to take the NFC North?

    Hard to do that behind the worst starting QB in football.

  17. thegreenandcold says: Aug 31, 2014 6:42 PM

    How low is it that the best Vikings can troll about Green Bay is their backup QB? Or they lie to themselves about our top 15 OL which got better. Or our more highly rated defense. Or that we’re ’1 and done’ in the playoffs, forgetting that they were beat by Green Bay in the first round not too long ago.
    What are the Packers with Aaron Rodgers? NFC North division champions.
    What are the Vikes without AP? Still at the bottom of the league with Oakland and Jacksonville.

  18. purpleguy says: Aug 31, 2014 7:03 PM

    Greenandgold dude, first this is a Viking article, not a Packer one — you’re the one trolling. Second, the Pack is better, no doubt, but there’s plenty to troll the Pack about, from injuries, to NFL players not wanting to play in GB, to aging, slow LBs, yada yada, yada. Third, the Pack without Aaron Rodgers is an 8-7-1 team. Fourth, comparing the most important position in the NFL (QB) to RB, is like comparing Minneapolis to Green Bay — one is much more significant than the other.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 31, 2014 7:24 PM

    Vikes practice squad = lowest of the low, bottom of the bottom feeders

    If you’re one of those guys you’re one tiny screwup away from asking if anyone wants some fries with their whopper

  20. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 31, 2014 7:38 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 7:24 PM

    Is this the voice of experience?

  21. thegreenandcold says: Aug 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    purpleguy, for a Vikings article igocommando seems awfully interested in GB, if you didn’t want a Packers fireback, maybe just don’t mention us in your articles?

    Secondly, you seem like you’re in a good enough mindset to have a decent discussion. Let’s stick strictly to talking about professional football on “Profootballtalk.” If you wish to discuss unemployment rates I can give you the number of your local government agency to say how happy you are about where you live.

  22. lnfinite says: Aug 31, 2014 8:05 PM

    Morons who trash the Vikes work with the practice squad is ridiculous. They did a great job in picking up Gray.

  23. seals1 says: Aug 31, 2014 8:10 PM

    @green and cold. Let me start by saying ha ha ha

  24. atthemurph says: Aug 31, 2014 8:24 PM

    I guess if you can’t sign with any other teams practice squad Minnesota’s will have to do.

    Their annual summer championship is now over. Time for the real season to begin.

  25. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 31, 2014 9:01 PM

    Its kinda funny how proud fat people are with themselves because they cheer for a certain football team.

  26. tcstunner says: Aug 31, 2014 9:02 PM

    You know the Pachers fans are scared when they spend so much time trolling Vikings articles. Yes, the Vikes finally have a real coach and OC. Be afraid Packer jackers. The Vikes are on the rise. Also, Green Bay isn’t much better than the Vikes. Look at how pathetic they were when Rodgers went down. Also, enjoy having Dom Capers and a horrible defense again.

  27. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 31, 2014 9:40 PM

    @tcstunner-

    You’re right. The Vikings are THE MOST DOMINANT FRANCHISE IN ALL OF SPORTS. For 4 more days. Just like they are every offseason. SKOLololol.

    Seriously, though, is it pretty there? I mean in that fantasy land that you people live in every summer. The one where the Vikings actually matter. I bet it’s nice. Are there unicorns there? Hobbits? Does it rain Gummy Bears and have rivers of chocolate milk?

  28. gdeli says: Aug 31, 2014 9:51 PM

    Still bothered they dumped Banyard. 100 plus yard game and bam! Gone. Even in preseason he’s good.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 31, 2014 11:13 PM

    gdeli, maybe you missed it. Banyard is on the practice squad.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 31, 2014 11:16 PM

    purpleguy, you’re wrong. The Packers without Rodgers are not an 8-7-1 team. The Packers without Rodgers are a 2-5-1 team. Incidentally, last year the Vikings without Rodgers but with their current starting quarterback were 4-3 last year. Just imagine how good the Vikings would be if they brought in a competent coaching staff, stabilized their quarterback situation, and improved their defense. Oh wait, they did all those things!

  31. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 31, 2014 11:34 PM

    “Does it rain Gummy Bears and have rivers of chocolate milk?”

    LOL, this is what Packer fans think is a great fantasy.

  32. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 31, 2014 11:51 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 31, 2014 11:16 PM

    Just imagine how good the Vikings would be if they brought in a competent coaching staff, stabilized their quarterback situation, and improved their defense. Oh wait, they did all those things!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I see that the annual offseason TOTAL WORLD DOMINANCE is still going strong. Well, I guess you’re entitled to it… for slightly less than 4 more days, anyways.

    1. A different coaching staff isn’t necessarily a competent coaching staff. You people cupped Leslie Frazier every bit as much as you now cup Zimmer. How’d that work out for you?

    2. They have 3 alleged QB’s on the roster, with none of them showing enough to clearly beat out the other 2. Since this is exactly the same as what they had last year, I guess one could call that a stabilized (or stagnant) QB situation.

    3. See number 1 above. Different slugs aren’t necessarily better slugs.

    Can I ride your Pegasus?

  33. revren10 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:25 AM

    Viking fans make me laugh. Zero Superbowls and they think they have a shot this year. Get ready for the Patriots to embarrass you September 14.

  34. greengoldandbold says: Sep 1, 2014 12:09 PM

    The Vikings will be lucky to win 1 game of the first 5 games on their schedule this year.
    If they can’t beat St Louis it could be 0-5.

  35. fmc651 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:48 PM

    Packer fans know they start the 2014 season with a loss. You can see in their posts they are upset about this.

  36. icebowler says: Sep 2, 2014 1:10 AM

    Vikings sign other teams rejects at the last moment. Grasping at straws…typical.

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